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What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is by definition a non-adversarial approach and a pledge in writing by your attorneys and the participants to not go to Court. It is a commitment to reach a mutually acceptable legal agreement with your spouse/partner under the guidance and protections of both participants having their own attorneys as well as any other collaborative professionals that may be necessary to assist the parties in reaching a comprehensive settlement. It allows the participants to engage in a respectful, open and transparent process that leads to a mutual out of court settlement that the participants decide for themselves, rather than giving that power to a judge who does not know you or your family. It provides participants a level of privacy that otherwise would not exist if you were to engage in the conventional litigation in a public forum. A Collaborative Divorce eases the emotional strains of a breakup and protects the well-being of children. The Central Counties Collaborative Law Professionals invite you to explore this amicable and creative alternative approach to resolving your divorce. The Collaborative Divorce Model engenders a cognitive shift away from litigation to settling divorce matters of finance, property and parenting with transparency and cooperation among the participants. Facilitators trained according to IACP standards in the Collaborative Divorce Model, include Attorneys and Mediators, Child Specialists, Divorce Coach and Financial Advisors. These Professionals work together with you and your Attorneys by way of referrals and as consultants to facilitate the Collaborative Divorce Process. The Collaborative Divorce Model is a template for holding onto a respectful approach to legally finalizing a long term commitment, thus enabling the participants to move on with their lives with civility.

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